Mar 24, 2013 7:00am EDT
about u.s. missile defense capability. "washington journal" is next. ♪ host: good morning. president obama, back in washington this morning following his middle east trip. forress is in recess passover and easter. the senate concluded its first budget in four years. michael bloomberg is launching a new ad campaign for guns and background purchasers. sunday, march 24, but we start with the front page of "the new york daily news." the me just read a portion of what they're writing -- host: politico is reporting on a story this morning, michael bloomberg pushing senators in a $12 million ad campaign, running the ads in 13 states during the easter and passover recess focused on expanding background checks for gun purchasers. solemnly supporting republicans in states where groups can most influence the upcoming votes. we would get your calls and comments on this. you can join us on line, twitter.com/c-spanwj, or send us an e-mail, email@example.com. or you give us a phone call, for democrats, 202-585-3880. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. let's ta
Mar 20, 2013 7:00am EDT
to bear the duty and share the honor of serving in our common defense. to all the men and women of the united states armed forces now and in the middle east, the piece of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you. host: from the wall street journal, they report this -- host: the washington post front page has the story -- host: the los angeles has -- times has this headline -- host: the boston globe -- host: billy in arkansas, iraq veteran. caller: good morning. i just want to make a brief comments. i was one of the soldiers who was one of the first to go into iraq in 2003. there wereieve weapons of mass destruction anorak -- in iraq. obviously, he has plenty of time to get those weapons out of there. the other comments i would like to make is, when we are talking about veterans who returned from war, there is a great discrimination that is seldom talked about in the military. that is the discrimination of a reservist and an active-duty guy. guys a national guard going to combat. when you return home, you are treated differently. needs aonal guard r
Mar 23, 2013 7:00am EDT
defense of marriage act. the same-sex marriage act is on tuesday. c-span television and radio coverage begins tuesday at one in the afternoon and c-span.org, as soon as the audio is released among this argument will re-air on c-span at 8 p.m. eastern time. on wednesday, c-span tv and radio coverage begins at 2 p.m., and on c-span or, as soon as the audio is released and the argument re-airs on c-span, it will be at 8 p.m. if you want to find out more details about our coverage about what is happening in the supreme court next tuesday and wednesday, go to our website, c- span.org. we will continue our conversation regarding the third anniversary of the affordable care act with jeff in brooklyn, michigan. our democrat line. caller: i think the biggest problem with obamacare, enough people don't know what is going on with that yet. because i have epilepsy and it has been hard for me me to get insurance so far. the more people realize the benefits of it, the more positive it will get. host: what is it about it right now that you don't understand or would like to see more information about?
Mar 22, 2013 7:00am EDT
to spend money. sequestration in my area particularly, because we have a lot of defense contracts, also i think more importantly, the congress in their lack of ability to get things done or hammered through -- there arementioned defense operations going on in virginia, where you live. are you hearing that people are furloughed?oad -- yes.r: i spoke to a friend of mine a few days ago that works in homeland security. he is sort of-- in the upper level. i was surprised to hear him say that he was going to be furl oughed. i'm sure there are going to be a multitude of people that will be. the sequester is not in and of itself the big issue, in my opinion. the bigger issue is the lack of ability of congress to -- you have these constant crises, the , so that made another issue. and now we have the debt ceiling and on and on and on. it never ends. people get concerned. you look at consumer confidence, and it has since passed continued to decline. a function of not knowing what is going on in the we shouldr, i guess say, in the government, in terms of what they're doing with budget and taxes and
Mar 19, 2013 7:00am EDT
on the middle class. they will increase defense spending when everybody understands we have to scale down and reposition the defense budget. it is a hopeless mismatch. it would not stimulate the economy. look at what is happening in great burden -- great written .ith the austerity kick how is that working out? we have had greater economic growth. quote all you want from "the wall street journal" the house they aret what talking about not only is not going to happen, but it should not. host: it is the beginning of the process, the bill comes to the fore for voting this week -- to the floor for voting this week and president obama hoping for a grand bargain. here is the headline with president obama telling the credits it is better to make changes when a democrat is in office rather than risk doing so under a republican chief executive. guest: i have felt it was possible to change the way we do is this and that is why i voted against the new year's eve deal. it was not enough. it was not bold, it did not change anything and it created three fiscal cliff's for a amount of revenue recaptured.
Mar 21, 2013 7:00am EDT
atcludes the sequester level. there is flex ability for the military, department of defense and a few other areas that allow money to be moved to areas of greater priority. the house republicans passed to that thest year so across-the-board cuts did not occur in the way they have occurred. we felt there was much greater flexibility. we need to be wiser about this. we need to get the economy rolling again. and across-the-board cut is not the wisest way to do that. we did not get corroboration from the senate or the president. host: when it comes to the budget, which begins october 1, are there cuts to government spending in the ryan budget? guest: that is one of the great myths. people on the other side say you're slashing and burning. the fact of the matter is, this is the path we are on now. is theleft of that amount of debt the government has held since world war ii in the gray. you come up to where the rant -- red and green begin, that is the current path we are on. we are destined to take more and more and more debt on as a country, unless we change things. the green line is our budget,
Mar 18, 2013 7:00am EDT
with the defense department can or cannot do for the good of this nation? not one caller picked up on that. to me, it's just ill-informed people i mean, you have to open your eyes. like i said, he was a true liberal, i truly was, but my eyes were opened a while ago. that's the problem, just being informed. host: bob from philadelphia, pennsylvania, thanks for the call. we're talking about this new report that chairman reince priebus is releasing today. here's a little bit more on that $10 million for outreach that's from "the washington times" today. host: a "washington times" story points out to build long-term personal relationships, the r.n.c. plans to dispatch asian, hispanic, and black republicans as the chairman's personal envoying to community events and citizen swearing-in ceremonies. host: we're talking about this effort all morning with just republicans in the first 45 minutes of the washington journal. jay is up next from pennsylvania. good morning, jay. caller: hi. host: go ahead. caller: yes, i've called before about this issue, and i'll call again. i try to stay within the parameter
Mar 25, 2013 7:00am EDT
-related and defense- related. those are the biggest items on the budget. as far as immigrants are concerned, i was not born here and came to this country. i have enormous respect for people who come to try to make a living here. like the second to last calller said, a lot of people are unwilling to do these jobs. immigrants are willing to work really hard. joe, how has your experience turned out? caller: i went through the process. took me a very long time to become a u.s. citizen. a naturalized in court. married and contributing to society in the way that i can. and from what i see from other people is family members contribute. they pay their taxes. they may have different circumstances, but they're just as hard working. i think the border generally is insecure. if it was secure, we would not have a drug problem. people always want to blame. pack the bulbto -- pass the buck when they cannot deal with the real issue. that is my opinion. i appreciate you listening. --t: dan tweets in monte writes immigrants legal or illegal, to hand and enough to eat and consume. they help the economy and take